Today we’d like to introduce you to Sha’Rese Davis.
Hi Sha’Rese, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I simply started off as taking photos for fun, such as taking photos at my parent’s house, nice scenery, anything honestly. Just really just expanding my mind through art. Over the past few years, I challenged myself to do more. I always had an interest in modeling and creative directing but had no idea how I was going to do it. I hit a few bumps in the road of my process but I eventually got there. As far as modeling my biggest challenge was 1) my height and 2) my size. Although now there’s more of a variation in model sizes, there’s still a cap as to how far people would go when hiring models. Even now, in my area, the same models are casted or the same “look”. I was so hurt that I would encounter so many rejections but I didn’t allow that to stop me. I kept pushing forward which lead to me creating my own shoots from my living room. I decided that if I wasn’t going to get a casting I will create my own. While we were in quarantine, I invested in lights, fabrics, and a backdrop holder for starters. I took photos simply using my phone and edited them on my iPad. I just kept going and people loved it. I received so much support! That lead into more inquiries on creative directing shoots for models, brands, and designers. Even now, I’m still doing the same things but I am looking to expand myself beyond my home area. My goal is to show no matter your size, height, look, or anything of that nature, you are you. Nobody looks like you for a reason and you can honestly do whatever you want. Don’t allow all those closed doors to stand in your way.. keep applying pressure and keep going…
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Definitely not!!! I encountered so many closed doors for one. Which was so discouraging. I remember applying to so many castings and the same girls would get picked excluding me. It played such a mental challenge on how I viewed myself. On top of that, my mental in general was challenged, I was laid off from my job, so now I’m thinking how am I going to make money, how will I pay my rent that I was already struggling with?? I cried so many nights but looking back, I don’t regret a single thing.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a model, creative director, and social media manager. I’m definitely known for my DIY photos for sure, that’s what really got my social media presence moving.
I’m extremely proud of my drive, my determination. I could’ve given this up a long time ago, but I didn’t. Not after so many trying times, I always tell myself “we’ve come too far to go back now”.
We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
I definitely learned that if something, someone or someplace isn’t serving you… LEAVE. I was challenged with my greatest fears, losing my job, not having money, no guaranteed future. All you need is faith in yourself honestly.
- Email: Sharesemdavis@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/summermichelleee/?hl=en
Photographers: @rawfeen (IG) , @aderinsolavisons, and myself